Working holiday in the middle of Keswick in the English Lake District

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  • Description

    Description

    -----------------------------------------AVAILABILITY -----------------------------------
    February 2015
    We ONLY welcome applicants looking for a long term placement - over 12 weeks

    POSITION AVAILABILITY Housekeeper
    Mid February for 3 months or more

    POSITION - General Maintenance/Estate work.
    Mid February for 3 months or more

    Minimum age = 21
    You would be free to return home for Christmas & New Year.


    INTRODUCTION
    We are a small family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast).
    We have woodland, garden, river and vegetable garden as well as a dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher

    We are a large family with 7 children (4 at home) so our house is ALWAYS a very busy.
    We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!

    Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    February 2015
    WE HAVE TWO LONG TERM WORKAWAY POSITIONS AVAILABLE
    Which one will you apply for?

    POSITION 1 - HOUSEKEEPER
    To be in sole charge of cleaning the family house, laundry, help with the B&B & work in a team cleaning the self-catering cottages. Occasional babysitting.

    POSITION 2 - GENERAL MAINTENANCE
    Must have qualifications / experience in some of the following:
    plumbing / electrical work / carpentry / painting and decorating / woodland work / gardening / farming / You will be working outside and Cumbria can be wet and cold! Come prepared.
    We would also like you to help clean guest accommodation on Saturdays.

    GENERAL
    We require Workawayers with experience, who are organised, conscientious, use time effectively and who can work independently.

    We offer 'pocket money' to most long-stay (3 months or more) WorkAways after a trial period of two weeks. This ranges from £10 - £50 per week and is intended to help go to the cinema, the pub, use the swimming pool, the bus etc etc.

    This will be paid half each week and half when you complete your agreed stay.

    You MUST be prepared to be independent during your free-time. We have a busy guest house and family so although do try and include WorkAways in our family activities, we do prefer to accept WorkAways who do not rely on us for entertainment.

    APPLICATION
    Please read our Host Listing CAREFULLY.
    Contact us including the following in your message:
    1. Which post you'd like to apply for.
    2. The dates you'd like to come and volunteer
    3. Your experience / qualifications for the post.
    4. Why you'd like to volunteer in Keswick, Cumbria.

    We are not interested in those who send bulk messages to hosts!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, reasonable French, some German, some Japanese, Arabic

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    YOUR ACCOMMODATION
    A lovely, newly renovated, self-contained cottage just behind Greta Hall:
    One double bedroom
    One double sofa bed-separated from the living area by a curtain.
    Kitchen and Shower room

    The cottage has two wood burning stoves and a electric water heater.
    You are expected to keep your accommodation exceptionally clean and tidy as this is one of our guest cottages.

    Occasionally, we need to use the Barn Cottage for paying guests. We know about these bookings well in advance and will give you a room in the main house for these periods.

    We will supply the following:
    Full range of store cupboard basics.
    Flour & yeast - I will teach you how to make bread.
    Weekly supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk & butter.
    We are vegetarian although do occasionally eat fish.

    NO OVERNIGHT GUESTS

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our place is set in 3 acres of land, with garden, vegetable garden, woodland and river, 5 minutes walk to the centre of Keswick in Cumbria.

    Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming.

    There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made good friends here.

    We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.

    We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.

    We are happy to help long term WorkAwayers find paid part-time work in Keswick.

    Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25hrs per week


Photos

Our place

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We sometimes look after lambs from April - August
A great walk just down the valley from where we live
Half way round one of our favourite walks
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
The Barn Cottage - your home in Keswick
The Barn Cottage living room
The kitchen and the shower room beyond
The Barn Cottage double bedroom
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